‘Minari’ wins the OFTA’s 2020 Best Picture

Our film critic (Jeff Mitchell) is a proud member of the Online Film & Television Association, and the OFTA announced its Best of 2020…the 25th Annual Film Awards Winners! Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” wins Best Picture, and Chadwick Boseman and Carey Mulligan garner Best Actor and Actress, respectively. To learn more about the Online Film & Television Association, please check out their website. Here are all the winners and nominees: PICTURE MINARI – WINNER Promising Young Woman – Runner-up Nomadland Sound of Metal Judas and the Black Messiah Soul One…

‘Minari’ wins the Phoenix Critics Circle’s 2020 Top Prize

The Phoenix Critics Circle proudly announces their 2020 Awards for the best films, performances, and efforts!   “Minari” wins Best Picture, along with Best Foreign Language Film, and Yuh-Jung Youn wins Best Supporting Actress. Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) win Best Actor and Actress, respectively, and the rest of the winners are included here.   BEST PICTURE First Cow Minari – Winner Nomadland One Night in Miami Promising Young Woman Sound of Metal   BEST COMEDY FILM The 40-Year-Old Version Another Round Borat Subsequent…

The Phoenix Critics Circle announces its 2020 Nominations

Phoenix Critics Circle members selected their nominations for the best films and performances of 2020. Leading the way is “Minari” with seven nominations.  “Nomadland” and “Mank” both received five nominations while “One Night in Miami”, and “Promising Young Woman” picked up four each. Final voting is now underway and the winners will be announced on March 18th, 2021. The nominees are… BEST PICTURE • FIRST COW • MINARI • NOMADLAND • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI • PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN • SOUND OF METAL BEST COMEDY FILM • THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION…

‘Minari’: An absorbing and authentic American immigrant story

“Minari” – “Nothing’s gonna turn us back now.  Straight ahead and on the track now.  We’re gonna make our dreams come true.  Doing it our way.”  – “Making Our Dreams Come True” by Cyndi Grecco, the “Laverne & Shirley” (1976 – 1983) theme song “And there ain’t no nothing we can’t love each other through.  What would we do baby, without us?”  – “Without Us” by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams, the “Family Ties” (1982 – 1989) theme song Writer/director Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” is an immigrant story about a…

AHFW’s Top 20 Films of 2020: #17 ‘Minari’

17. “Minari” – Director/writer Lee Isaac Chung helms an autobiographical feature of his childhood – or a small sliver of it – from the 1980s.  Jacob (Steven Yeun) leads his family to the middle of nowhere in Arkansas to start a farm and grow Korean vegetables.  Without much of an economic safety net, he realizes the slim chances of actually lassoing the American dream.  His wife Monica (Yeri Han), her mother, and their two kids feel the monetary friction in a frank, authentic struggle within the home.  “Minari” feels similar…